All photos in this post are by The Nester.
The Nester shares decor tips at The Nesting Place, where the theme is “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” She encourages women to feather their nest and make their home inviting with creativity on the cheap.
In our 13 years of marriage, we have moved 13 times. I admit that I secretly like the challenge and thrill of finding new ways to use our furnishings and display the things that I love. I typically keep items that will work in many rooms – small chairs, or sofa tables that can be used as desks in the kitchen or in a bedroom. I love decorative items that serve more than one purpose. We also rent our homes about half of the time, so my walls are usually white while I long for some color.
Dishes are one of my favorite items to use in every room of our home.
Plates and serving pieces are inexpensive, come in every color imaginable and are readily available. I’ll bet you have some dishes packed away right now that could be working hard prettying up your wall or keeping you organized. Dishes are for so much more than just eating.
• Hang a grouping of dishes in various hues of the same color to achieve a cohesive, classic look (see the top of this post).
• Hang a large platter (you know – the one that’s too big to fit in your sideboard) over a decorative shelf.
• Use a few spare dishes to fill in empty wall space, under or over framed art.
• Hang plates alongside metalwork or wood carvings.
• Use ceramic canisters and soup terrines to hold items in the bathroom, and to organize small items in the laundry room.
• Fill a shallow bowl with washcloths and pretty soaps in the guest bath.
• Use a large serving tray as an anchor for the centerpiece on your table.
Dishes – beautiful and lovely to eat on, but sadly underused. Where else do you use your dishes?